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There are 6 ways to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus Metro Plus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul

$25 - $50

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Bus MetroTurizm  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul Otogari

$9 - $22

4 alternative options

Bus Matpu  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul

$20 - $29

Train  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Plovdiv to Svilengrad 493 / ...
  2. Take the train from Kapikule to Halkali 81721

$18 - $24

Drive  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Plovdiv to Istanbul 259.7 miles

$50 - $80

Train, fly  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Plovdiv to Iskarsko Shose
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) SOF - IST

$72 - $207

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The cheapest way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul is to bus which costs $8 - $23 and takes 6 h 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 4 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Plovdiv and arriving at Istanbul. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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The distance between Plovdiv and Istanbul is 371 km. The road distance is 415.5 km.

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The best way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 45 min and costs $25 - $50.

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The bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul takes 6 h 45 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Plovdiv to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Plovdiv station.

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The best way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul is to bus which takes 6 h 45 min and costs $25 - $50. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $17 - $24 and takes 8 h 40 min.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Plovdiv to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Map of how to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 232.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 45 min

What companies run services between Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

Metro Plus operates a bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul every 4 hours. Tickets cost $25 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Plovdiv to Istanbul via Svilengrad, Svilengrad, Kapikule, Kapikule, and Halkali in around 8 h 40 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Plovdiv to Svilengrad
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Plovdiv to Iskarsko Shose
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bdz.bg
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Schedules at
matpu.com

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Plovdiv. It is currently 9:15 AM in Plovdiv and 10:15 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Plovdiv to Istanbul is 415 km. It takes approximately 4 h 1 min to drive from Plovdiv to Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2369+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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